group of people in wilmington, delaware. and a young girl, 12, 13 years old said, what is racism? i had to think for a second and make an answer that is for her. it is the horrible flip side of an understandable human emotion, which is love of one's own. when that metastasizes, we institutionalize, we develop, we protect a kind of generic and suspicion of the other. and when we do that, we violate the tenants are religions, our faith, we violate the tenets of what our neighborhoods and society should be about and we violate the letter and spirit of the law of the united states. and what we seek always is to figure out a way in which we do not look at the other end first describe them as read state or blue state, young or old, black or white, male or female, gay or straight, whenever the distinction -- the distinctions that we superimpose.